Encouraging Siblings to Show Love – A Valentine Activity

It’s time to put your house in order! I’m teaming up with my fabulous friends again, and we’re talking LOVE this month!

I’m going to show you how to encourage siblings to show love with a Valentine activity.

You can also do this activity with school classes (My public school students LOVED this!), Sunday school classes, homeschool groups, or at home with your own children like I did here.

Each child writes a Valentine to every person in the group telling what he or she loves about that person. On Valentine’s Day, everyone gets to read all the loving things the others have written. Who wouldn’t like to get a whole bunch of personal love notes to read and keep?

You will need the following materials:

  • doilies
  • colored paper
  • glue
  • pencils
  • scissors

1. Give each child enough materials to write one Valentine to every person in the group.

2. Explain that the Valentine should be a detailed  example of what the child loves about the sibling/classmate. “You are nice.” is NOT sufficient.

3. Help children as needed with spelling, grammar, or remembering that they DO indeed love their siblings.

4. Make sure Mom and Dad make some too!

5. Collect all Valentines and separate them into stacks belonging to each child.

6. On Valentine’s Day, hide each child’s Valentines, along with a few sweet treats in a gift bag, in a different spot. Have the children search for them, scavenger hunt style, with clues you have written and left about.

There you have it! A fun activity that encourages siblings to explain what they love about each other, PLUS they come away with a stack of love notes. It’s a win-win!

Now, see what experts in decorating, food, faith, and finances have to say about putting your house in order with LOVE!

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  1. Connie,
    What a fabulous idea! My children and I are going to make those THIS WEEK! Thanks for the wonderful idea.
    Ok, I am checking out swagbucks! Kimberly blogged about them today too. I did not know what it was or how it worked, but I like free stuff, so I plan to check it out!

    Have a great day!
    Roan

  2. Love putting the notes on doylies! We do this year round, (with a little reminding from mom) The kids make Love boxes and then we hang them on their doors. They love getting their mail. I do a heart hunt, where one heart with a picture of an item in our house leads to another and the end is their valentines. This way our non readers can play too. Becomes a fun toy they enjoy making hunts for each other. I think I’ll put those on doylies this year. Have a great day! DeAnn 6jellybeans@blogspot.com

  3. Heather Wawa says:

    Great idea!

    Today everyone in our family will be drawing names for “Secret Valentine”. In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, we’ll be doing sweet kindnesses for our Valentine – a note of encouragement, a chore secretly done, a candy bar on a pillow, etc. The big reveal is on Valentine’s Day, of course.

  4. What an adorable and frugal idea! This makes me want to run to the dollar store to stock up on doilies. :) Thanks so much for sharing, Connie!

  5. Great post! I love the scavenger hunt part of it! I want to do this! Thanks for the ideas!!!
    Courtney

  6. Hey Connie,
    I just hopped over from My Blessed Life and I posted today about making valentines with the siblings! I love your idea… I am glad to have found you and I look forward to getting to know you better through blogland!
    http://www.saintlewismusic.com/blog/cyleaugusta

  7. We do this same idea at Christmas, except my family gives their lists to me, and I make one list for each individual. The valentines are a nice idea! One year a boy my daughter was dating was there when we read our lists, and he said “I wish my family wrote nice things about each other!”

  8. I like this idea. We’re going to do it here.

    I linked to this post on my blog today:
    http://400things.blogspot.com/2011/02/ipod-valentine-card.html

  9. Connie!! What a wonderful idea! You are so smart!

  10. Such a good way to incorporate character training into every day life!! Showing love to others plus unselfishness plus glitter and glue = a happy Valentine’s day.
    Thanks, Connie – my crew is always looking for good (crafty) ideas!

  11. I loved this idea so I made my own and posted it on my blog with a link to yours. Here is the link to mine if you want to take a look at it. http://thebernal6.blogspot.com/2011/02/kids-valentine-activity.html

  12. LOVE this! We are going to do this, for sure! :) Thanks!

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